My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Set in the Swiss countryside, “Diary of Anna the Girl Witch” blends ancient folklore with a classic coming of age tale about a young witch on the brink of womanhood.
Anna Sophia has always known she was different. She just didn’t know how different until now.
On the eve of her 13th birthday — in the orphanage where she’s spent most of her childhood — Anna wonders about her past. She never knew her parents, doesn’t even know where she came from.
All she has to go by is an unbelievable fairy tale her uncle used to tell: that she was found as a baby, tucked among a pack of bear cubs in the wilds of Russia.
To make matters even more complicated, Anna has discovered that she can see and do things that no one else can. So far, she’s kept her powers a secret, and they remain strange and frightening even to her.
It’s only when Anna receives a letter from her mother — a mother she will never meet — that she discovers some of the truths about her past, and begins to uncover the possibilities in her future.
As Anna continues to learn more about her secret abilities, she finds out that her neighbors are hiding something of their own: a plot to harm Anna and her friends.
Can Anna Sophia use her newfound supernatural powers to stop them? Can she fight back, without endangering her own soul? And maybe, just maybe, is her own secret tied up with theirs?
Through a story of otherworldly magic, Anna Sophia finds a sense of real-world belonging. With its cast of strong characters, inventive setting, and engaging storyline, this fantasy adventure is a relevant novel for middle grade children or young adults.
Beware spoilers ahead!
I received this E-ARC via Helvetic House and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I got the email from Netgalley that this book was available for ‘Read Now’ I immediately requested it! I love MG fantasies! Unfortunately I did not enjoy it.
The book begins with Anna writing a letter to her Uncle Misha. She’s getting worried because he hasn’t responded to her previous letters. When she was born her Uncle found her with a few bears. Her parents are dead and he took after her for some years. Then when she was 6 years old he took her to school. At some point she was transferred to the orphanage that she is currently in.
Anna is extremely excited for her 13th birthday! It’s not because she is becoming a teenager. She can feel it in her bones that something life changing will happen on her birthday. Anna has started noticing strange things lately. For example when the sun is out she can see the moon.
The only reason I didn’t enjoy this is because of the writing style. In the beginning I wasn’t bothered by it. But as I continued to read on it started to bother me.
I liked Anna’s character. And the relationship she had with her Uncle. It was cool to read about some of Anna’s abilities! Hence why I rated it 2 stars.These aspects couldn’t save the writing style for me.
Overall I did not enjoy the writing style. I still recommend it because it sounds like a sweet story.